History and Politics graduate, postgraduate researcher, freelance independent analyst and essayist, campaigner interested in civil liberties
Having written for a range of independent local, national, and international media since eighteen years, I have sought to use my understanding as a history and politics graduate as an investigative postgraduate researcher, working as a freelance independent analyst and essayist for six years. Moreover I am a campaigner interested in civil liberties.
As a national institution, the NHS has surpassed the Monarchy as the one which kindles and maximises our sense of national pride. NHS has become shorthand for social democracy, for an idealised model of public service. Its sterling work looking after our hearts is symbolic of itself as a beating heart for the nation.
Despite the tides of division and sectarianism after Brexit, there have been lots of examples of real community activism that, like Jo Cox MP did, strives and dares for real unity, with a rare cosmic passion which shows up the terrorist void for what it really is; devoid of community spirit, devoid of interest in community, putting nobody first except themselves. A year on we are reminded that friends represent each other. Communities prove that every day.
In 1971, early one morning on a Steinway piano on his resplendent Berkshire estate, John Lennon reflected on the seismic uprising of a peaceful counterculture, of united students and workers, which could have scared a thousand kings by reviving the egalitarian ideals of the 1871 Paris commune.
Corbyn is a man who understands this, and that is why I will vote for him, and this is why we should be confident about extolling his virtues to those who are undecided, victims to media manipulation, and who can, with the right information, make an informed choice about Labour's manifesto.
It is time to understand. Those who peddle wilfully ignorant mental health stigma will end up in the dustbin of history, with all the other old prejudices. The future belongs to the damned, and if you've made me the damned, well you better watch out.
At risk of stating the obvious it is nevertheless worth reiterating that, whilst the public voted to give parliament a mandate to untether itself from the eu, nobody made an informed choice about on what terms and conditions this exit is to occur.
The language of mental health and psychopathy has long been used to reinforce structural oppression like ableism. It is disheartening to see psycho used as a metaphor. I've experienced enough ableism. And enough is enough.
If I'm right that the left is a forward thinking, democratic movement, the prestige of reasonable debate is ours to claim, but we must be more confident in asserting it, in taking it out of the hands of people who would happily abuse the tradition of free speech to futher their bigoted agendas.
In such circumstances, we must take power back in to our own hands to strengthen our local communities so that they may thrive, come what may. The remarkable pioneering of CURB and the long lost legends of anarchism might just go some way in telling us the next chapter in our collective story.
If we're being honest, the Brexit referendum was never run with a mind to having a well-informed vote on a matter of profound consequence for the nation. Instead it was reduced to a bartering chip, the promise of a referendum being a cynical route to victory for the Conservatives at the 2015 general election - and not much thought was put in thereafter.
Outrage against these activists is misplaced. They have succeeded in shining a bright light on environmental issues that most politicians are keen to keep on the back burner. They have forced daylight on to the ugly reality of environmental racism in Britain. Their civil disobedience is a reminder that complacency in the face of injustice is not an option. Attacks against their person only prove that their position is right.
Last year, Labour members voted overwhelmingly to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party. The unexpected election of an avowed socialist followed two decades of the neoliberal New Labour project. From the heartlands to the backbenches, many expressed their dismay that the project had embodied the wrong ideals. Was power without principle worth having?
Brexit has won. The people have spoken. Sadly, the British people have voted to terminate our historic relationship with the EU. The repercussions are already being felt throughout the world and will resonate for the next century. Today many are asking themselves: Why? and what next?
Despite the narratives of mainstream culture, the feminist movement is not so much intended to argue against sex, or love, as much as it aspires to eliminate the prejudice in gender relations that makes equal sex and love impossible.
Corbyn has given us a choice again. Voting for socialism means you don't have to vote tactically. You don't have to vote for Coke VS Pepsi. You can vote for a candidate with ideas and principles you believe in. Jeremy Corbyn has arguing this case all his life. Now, in the Indian Summer of his career, he'll have the chance to prove that there is an alternative, and a world to win.
The lecturers' pay strike is not so much a disruption to teaching as an attempt to organise against the disruption to education created by rampant privatization... As the general strike of 4 July looms ahead of us, the lecturers' struggle is a stark reminder of why we must unite. When the bosses have sealed the doors and burned the ladders, industrial action is the only recourse.
31/05/2016 09:27 BST
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